A master of the Horatian and Juvenalian styles of satire, Jonathan Swift wrote powerful politically charged essays addressing the church, culture, government, and human nature. Encyclopedia Britannica calls Swift “the foremost prose satirist in the English language.” His writing is playful, humorous, and sometimes highly critical, which generated a wide range of reactions, from adoration to scorn.
The Select Works of Jonathan Swift contains three volumes of his most cherished works, including Gulliver’s Travels, A Tale of a Tub, and the famed short satire, “The Battle of the Books.” The collection also includes 65 personal letters to his friend, Esther Johnson, who some believe he secretly married. Swift’s wit has something to offer to a broad range of readers, and will appeal to lovers of history, culture, and even fantasy.
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Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) was an Irish satirist, poet, cleric, and dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. A master of the Horatian and Juvenalian satirical styles, Swift wrote politically charged essays addressing the church, culture, government, and human nature. Swift first published his works anonymously, or under pen names, like Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, and M. B. Drapier. In 1702, Swift received his Doctor of Divinity from Trinity College in Dublin. Two years later, he published his first major works, A Tale of a Tub and “The Battle of the Books.” Swift’s writing was playful, humorous, and sometimes highly critical, which generated a wide range of reactions, from adoration to scorn. Swift published numerous satires, essays, poems, sermons, and letters, including “A Modest Proposal.”